Where There's No Will, There's Still a Way

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The Bastards had hoped to host author Will Friedwald this episode to discuss his book on Nat King Cole, but like a ramblin' rose his path wandered from ours and we ended up high and lonesome, talking Nat's vocal albums on Capital by ourselves. Nat was one of the great Swing era piano players and led one of the first influential jazz piano trios, but we focus on the second half of his too-short career as mainstream vocalist and vowel-wrangler extraordinaire.


  • Discussion of Nat King Cole's album After Midnight (Capitol) 10:20
  • Discussion of Nat King Cole's album Love is the Thing (Capitol) 28:30
  • Discussion of Nat King Cole's album St. Louis Blues (Capitol) 41:30
  • Discussion of Nat King Cole's album Welcome to the Club (Capitol) 58:45
  • Discussion of Nat King Cole's album Ramblin' Rose (Capitol) 1:09:55
  • Pop Matters 1:26:15

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